Over the Fence

Type of Activity: Problem-Solving, Communication

Props Needed: Webbing

Set Up: Here is a simpler, and we believe improved, version of the Electric Fence. A photograph of this activity is at the bottom of the page. Begin with two participants holding a Raccoon Circle,  approximately 6 inches above ground level, with the opposite sides of the Raccoon Circle about 12 inches apart.

Process: Place half of the group on each side of the Raccoon Circle “fence.” The first two persons (one from each side, one at a time) to cross the “fence” have the fence at 6 inches from the ground. The next two persons have the height increased to 12 inches, and so on. The maximum height, even for large groups is 4 feet (about 1.3 meters).

This version of the Electric Fence places spotters on both sides of the fence at all times. It also provides a changing level of challenge to the group. Even at the lowest levels, it is required that all participants crossing the fence, be in contact with at least 2 other participants at ALL times during the crossing. Allowing two participants to hold the Raccoon Circle also leaves an opportunity for a participant that may wish not to be passed over the fence. Or, if the holders do wish to pass over, they can rotate into and out of the holding positions with other team members during the event.

Debriefing Topics:

  • How did the group accomplish this task?  What steps did you take?
  • What were some feelings that came up during the process?
  • How did the group compensate for the taller fence?

For Resources:  The Book of Raccoon Circles, Webbing

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